Newbie here. Is this a good deal?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Mighty B's, Mar 16, 2014.

  1. pdreibels

    pdreibels LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nothing will set you apart from your competition like a 35yr old WB will.
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  2. King_Cooper

    King_Cooper LawnSite Member
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    Make fun of it all you want, it was never commercial and rarely used but always maintained (and you can tell!). It runs good, cuts good, and looks just as presentable as any other mower with more than one season on it. What's wrong with that?
     
  3. pdreibels

    pdreibels LawnSite Senior Member
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    Its cool man, just messin around. I'm bored cuz there's no grass to mow yet! As long as you're bringin home the bacon that's what counts.
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  4. King_Cooper

    King_Cooper LawnSite Member
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    Haha I feel it. It almost felt like spring this morning, then it snowed like 3" before noon. Now the snow is all melted and its 40. This weather man
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  5. Vanderhoff Landscaping

    Vanderhoff Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would never buy a boat load of new equipment if I had zero accounts. You would be better off buying used on Craigslist. Also make sure you're fully licensed and insured before taking on any clients!
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  6. Vanderhoff Landscaping

    Vanderhoff Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you are considering a trailer I would consider a enclosed one. Instant roof over your equipment in the event of sudden downpours while you're working or driving to the next job etc. just my 2 cents.
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  7. Mighty B's

    Mighty B's LawnSite Member
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    I am now licensed and insured. Like I said, even if I had to make the payments on the equipment, it would be no sweat of my back. I rather buy new with warranty than to have to deal with maintenance issues.
     
  8. Mighty B's

    Mighty B's LawnSite Member
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    I did consider it, but the problem with an enclosed trailer is that my HOA won't allow it to be kept in the driveway. It is too high to fit in a garage. At least with the open trailer I can store it inside my garage with all the equipment.
     
  9. Mighty B's

    Mighty B's LawnSite Member
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    Ok. Got the equipment and just waiting for the website to be finished. Also going to have about 500 door hangers made and distributed along my intended service area. I will be offering weekly and bi-weekly service. My schedule at work has me anywhere from 12-14 days off at home. These are usually in between 5-6 day long trips. My questions is: how would you go about scheduling a weekly customer? Do you guys mow the same day each week? I'm thinking bi-weeklys would probably be easier. Do you guys float the days you service each customer? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
     
  10. King_Cooper

    King_Cooper LawnSite Member
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    Gonna need a lot more than 500 door hangers. More in the neighborhood of several thousand.

    On scheduling I try to avoid bi-weekly clients as much as possible. I schedule them for the same day each week, and have makeup day or two set aside just in case of inclement weather.
     

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